On Krypton, the Superman mythos takes on a Romeo & Juliet quality between the Man of Steel’s grandfather, Seg-El, and Lyta-Zod, grandmother to he who demands people kneel before him — and one of Superman’s greatest enemies — Zod. For British actress Georgina Campbell, best known for her roles on the series One Night and Murdered by My Boyfriend, all of that was actually a mystery to her when she auditioned for the Syfy prequel series.
“To be honest, I didn’t really know much about the show, because you know what these things are like,” she laughs. “They’re so cloak and dagger. When I did the audition, I had two scenes I’d been given and I don’t even know if at that point we knew it was Superman or it was Krypton or anything. All we knew is that it was an American TV show and that the character was kind of this bad-ass, kick-ass girl.”
That in itself, she admits, was intriguing enough for her as it was a type of character she hadn’t had the opportunity to play previously. “I’ve never done anything with action,” she says. “I’ve been hit in shows, I can do reactions, but I haven’t actually been in a situation where I’ve been the one who’s doing the action and doing the fighting and all that sort of thing. So the idea of being able to do something new and being able to explore that was really exciting.”
Campbell was certainly familiar with Superman, having seen films like Man of Steel and such shows as Smallville, with vague memories of having watched episodes of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman when she was younger, but her knowledge was fairly limited.
“So it was kind of exciting to see this world that we haven’t explored before, that no one really knows that much about, looking at Krypton and looking at it way before it’s coming to its end,” she says. “It was also really exciting to get in on something that isn’t necessarily telling the same story again, so there was no worry of, ‘Oh God, I’ve already seen this person play Lyta, I’ve already seen that interpretation, how do I do something different?’ It’s really nice that we were all in this position where we were making something new and sharing a new story that is related to Superman that everybody knows, but that we’re coming at it from a fresh angle.”
In sharing her views on the character, the actress comments, “As a person, Lyta’s got quite a relatable story. She’s a young woman who’s trying to figure out who she is. So you have that coming-of-age story, which I think all the young characters actually have. It’s, ‘Who am I? How do I fit in this world?’ and ‘What do I want to be?’ And you see through the series that she has this relationship with her mother, Jayna [Ann Ogbomo] who’s this strong warrior, she’s the Primus of the military and she wants Lyta to follow in the Zod name and be this warrior and be strong and follow orders. But throughout the series, we see that Lyta has a different idea of what strength means and that she has a humanitarian streak to her, and she cares about Krypton, and she cares about all the different guilds and also the Rankless. She cares about all these people, and she wants to create a new system where everybody is treated the same, which is difficult. A lot of that is sparked through this relationship she has with Seg [Cameron Cuffe], who is a Rankless. So she has this outlook on how society is on Krypton that perhaps her mother or other people in the military don’t have because they don’t quite see the effects that the regime they’re upholding is having on people who are at the lowest level of society.”
Look for more of our exclusive interview with Georgina Campbell later this week.